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THE PLASTICS AGE: FROM BAKELITE TO BEANBAGS AND BEYOND. Originally published as The Plastics Age: From Modernity to Post-Modernity. Ed. by Penny Sparke. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1990. U.S. edition published 1993 by Overlook Press, Woodstock. Distributed by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York 160 pp. with 150 ills. (78 col.). 29 x 23 cm. LC 92-35039 ISBN 087951471X In English.
This anthology of 15 essays (many of them reprinted) surveys the history of design in plastic from the late 19th century to the present, illustrating an array of household appliances and utensils as well as jewelry, electronic devices, furniture and other consumer products. Among the topics discussed are early production technologies, the expanded importance of plastics during the two World Wars, the exploitation of the new materials by designers of the postwar period, the conflicting perceptions of plastic as a symbol both of progress and of inferiority, and the applications and cultural significance of the material in contemporary society.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Commercial/Industrial Design
Plans: 75,30,48
Worldwide Number: 053515
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